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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
"23rd Century Chess" (game of the day Aug-23-07)
MTel Masters (2005)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-29-10  Winsome Knight: <Kinghunt> yes, black can win here. even, 26...Bxg6 27.Nxg6 Rh7 28.Rb3 Qd7gives advantage to black.

But while playing one might not be able to assess accurately and miss the advantage. And in a double edge position one overlook can backfire badly. So Draw was always on the cards.

Jul-04-10  divakaranmanoj78: javascript:OpenWin('/perl/fen?fen=

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RC7 will give great advantage to black.

Jul-04-10  divakaranmanoj78: after Rc7 the following may happen - Nc4 Rc8, Ndb2 Qe6, Rb6 Rc6, Rb4 Qd6, a3 Rb8, Na5 Rxb4, Nxc6 Rxb2, Kxb2 Qxc6 and black wins.
Sep-11-10  Lil Swine: and its drawn
Oct-30-10  rapidcitychess: *Gasp* I'm sorry, my breath is gone!
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  Check It Out: An amazing game!
Jan-14-11  redorc19: What if 60. Rb2?
Jan-28-11  Penguincw: This is truly an amazing game.
Jan-31-11  Deathstroke: 58. Rb2 or 60. Rb2... I think the problem here is that neither side is REALLY sure who's got the advantage. Sure, White is miles ahead in material... but how does that compare to Black having three connected passed-pawns?

The Knight looks like a good guardian on the Kingside, but it can only really guard once... once Black pushes the g-pawn, the Knight will fall sooner or later.

If a rook goes to b2, it's pinned... albeit temporarily. But this would take away a crucial defender against the pawn-storm for at least a move. Note as well that the other rook can't easily come off the back rank, as that would open a channel to the King.

If they were forced to play on, I haven't a clue who would have won this one.

Mar-25-11  redorc19: <Deathstroke> Like always (I admit, this is a bad thing to do) when I am too lazy to analyse, I have Fritz do my work for me... Its a draw!!!! Basically, the best variation will end up in a draw- how could the players see this far ahead? They didn't! YOu are probably right- they were cowardly, but the result is right- the final position is a draw anyways. (Without asking Anand or Topalov, we can only guess they were tired, low on time, hungry, fatigued, and overall in the mood of "I want to go Home!")
Apr-02-11  voyager39: Keep coming back to try and make some sense of this game. Awesome game.
May-26-11  voyager39: Hope "Gelfand-Anand 2012" produces some magical games of this quality.
Jul-21-11  piltdown man: Goldarn it, these guys can play chess!
Sep-11-11  voyager39: Topalov in MTel 2005 seemed to be playing absolutely extraordinary chess! He nailed Anand in an equally brilliant and wild game when he had white.

An Anand-Topalov match in 2005 would have been simply unforgettable!

Sep-23-11  voyager39: Been through a lot of games here but not found a single one that is in the "notable games" of both players!

Kudos to these two for playing the game of the century and for Kramnik to put it in its proper perspective.

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  DarthStapler: Funny, I thought this was 23rd century chess:
Oct-28-11  Crazychess1: What a grand draw! I was rooting for Anand the whole time!
Feb-12-12  reisena23: Only CG to provide us draws as good or even better than victories!
Feb-17-12  kia0708: Anand-Topalov 2005 was 23rd Century Chess.
I hope Anand-Gelfand won't be called 10th Century.
Feb-17-12  LaFreak III: 20.Rxd4 e5
21.Rxd5 Qc8
22.Nc4 exf4
23.Nb6 Qc6
24.Nd4 Qxb6
I don't know if my line is correct, and I can see here that 26.Re1 is the next move.
Feb-26-13  voyager39: Topalov - Anand games can by themselves constitute a Chess Tactics Bible.
Sep-21-13  PawnJockey: I believe that 42: A7 is the way forward for white.

The threat of a pawn on the 7th would require careful and constant attention from black.

It would prove advantageous in the event that black actually manages to make good on his identical threat by queening the H pawn.

Oct-29-13  harshvk5: Am I the only one who doesn't get this game?
Wild tactics!
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